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Sunday, September 26, 2010

packingmybags

Yup!  I'm packing my bags and getting ready to go.  'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane.  We are going to visit our daughter, son-in-law and brand new grandson!!!  Baby Ewan (pronounced U-wen) was born this past Wednesday to Jennifer and Matthew who are doing as well as new parents with no sleep can be expected to do.  This is our first grand child and we are very excited to meet this precious gift from God.    So I'm going to do lots of cuddling, along with some cooking, laundry, and cleaning, and then some more cuddling of that precious wee one. 

Since I'll be away for a bit, I probably won't have time to do my blogging so I  hope you'll come by and visit me when I return.  I am thinking about changing my blog name as well but will let you know in advance so you will know it's me.

Here are a few fall pictures I took last October.  I am going to miss our gorgeous fall colours here in New Brunswick while we are away.  The trees are just starting to change in the past few days and it will be glorious.

These first four pictures were taken Thanksgiving weekend  in the Coe Hill area of Ontario on a very rainy, cold day.






This is one of our maple trees in glorious colour.


Milkweed seed pod.

Sugar Island in October

And yes, sometimes we get some white stuff!

Bye for now.  I'll see you soon.

Blessings,

Pamela

Friday, September 24, 2010

sunset

On this past Wednesday evening I was watching the sky for the sunset and moonrise.  It had been partly cloudy at suppertime so I thought the sunset may be nice but I may not see the moonrise.

Here are the sunset pictures I took which at first didn't look very promising. But, I hung around the back yard and field and waited and watched and was rewarded with the most spectacular sunset!  Enjoy!









The moon rise wasn't as spectacular due to the cloud cover but the pink
clouds made for a pretty photo.  I wish the power lines
weren't there but if I had crossed the road to take the
picture I would have missed the sunset ones.


The leaves are just starting to turn on the trees this past week.  These
are in our front yard and will soon be very colourful.
It is supposed to be 25 C. and partly sunny here tomorrow so I will
savour the warmth while it's here.

Enjoy your weekend.

Blessings,

Pamela




Monday, September 20, 2010

antiqueframes

  My mother loved antiques and collected many pieces of furniture, hundreds of dishes and collectibles over the years.  A lot came from the farm where she grew up and from her aunt and uncle's as well.  I also picked up a few things from my grandmother's on my father's side and from my mother-in-law's home.   These treasures have been in my house for years, some in boxes and some in cupboards or cabinets.  Since my decorating style has changed from 'newlywed' to country to traditional cottage I have begun to dig out some of these treasures to use and display in our home.

I had two picture frames without glass that needed some tlc so I painted them Heirloom white, bought glass, mats and had 2 of my own photos enlarged to make a new look.

Here is the first frame that was spray painted gold.

It has beautiful carving all around it.

Now painted.  Much better.

A close up of the carving.

The new look with a sepia toned photo. 

This frame had been painted black and is very old. It has pretty carving on it as well.  


Meet DAISY

This is a very old print that was given to my great uncle's father in 1857
when he was 5 years old!  It is a print, not a painting, in the primitive style.  It says at the bottom
Daisy
(after Alexander Blaikley)
The frame is hand made, the glass is original with all the bubbles and lines in it, and the back is
hand carved wood with pencil writing of the different owners  passing it down the generations.
This picture is now 153 years old!
There won't be any makeover for this picture!



My version of French-style sacks.
We found these in my mother-in-law's attic - empty!  We have no
idea where they came from but I thought they'd make cute pillows
and are a conversation piece, for sure.

Glad you stopped by today.  Please leave a comment below.  You just have to sign on Google.
It's easy!

Blessings,
Pamela

Saturday, September 18, 2010

falldecorating~beforeandafter

I love to decorate for all the seasons don't you?  We purchased new living room furniture last year so I had fun decorating around the new colour as I went from blue and rose of the 90's to sage greens and creams.

Yikes!  My how my decor has changed since this picture in 2006! 
Can you say country??  Denim blue furniture with pink roses
and dusty rose drapes!  And beige carpet too!


Here it is at Christmas that same year but, there is something new.
Beautiful hardwood flooring!  Still a bit country but slowly evolving.

Here we are in June, 2009.  New furniture ~ sofa, re-upholstered chair and footstool.
Going for a traditional/cottagey look.

These chairs are opposite the sofa.  Not your traditional recliners ~ but very comfy.
What to do with those rose drapes???

Well, in Feb. 2010 we replaced our 38 year old picture window with a new, energy efficient one.  It has side casement windows which we have thoroughly enjoyed this summer.  It's also a lower window so we can see more!  I purchased cream lace panels and a new roller blind that lets light in but not the harsh glare of the morning sun.  The vinyl fabric is woven and the colour is wheat grass.  It coordinates perfectly with the furniture and makes the room cozy feeling at night.

Here's the before picture Oct. 2006:


and here's the after Sept. 2010:



I am very happy with it but do you see the bookshelf behind the chairs?  It's a brown stained wood that I'd really like to paint white someday and have doors on the outside shelves to hide all the books.  Also, I can't get rid of my coffee and end tables and I'm not totally happy with the table between the chairs (an end table with the sides opened up) being in front of the bookshelves.  It will have to do for now.  Over all the look is warmer, lighter and cozier and I enjoy this room very much. 


Here is our dining room which is open to the living room.  We use it every day as we don't have an eat in kitchen.  I'd like to buy a proper chandelier for over the table to replace the ceiling fan light someday

The entrance to the living room.  This antique game table came from my grandmother's house. 

a vingnette on the table

The oak comode was from my great aunt and uncle's home. The lamp was turquoise and I sprayed it Heirloom white.

mini white pumpkins

The bowl is white milk glass.  The brass candle stick one of a pair that are a family heirloom.  They are sitting on a wooden tray that I painted, lined with muslin and a lace doily under glass.

This is a 'punch paper needlework' that hangs above the sofa.  It was made by a relative in the very early 1900's and was found in my aunt's attic.  I had it professionally framed many years ago.  Isn't it beautiful?

Thank you so much for reading my blog.  I hope you enjoy decorating for the seasons.  I was a little light on colour this fall with mostly creams and touches of orange and bronze. How do you decorate for fall?  Do you like lots of fall colours, leaves and pumpkins?

Blessings,

Pamela

Friday, September 17, 2010

hydrangeasandpumpkins

Our property is a small one for being in the country.  Our house was built on a cow pasture lot, about 2/3 of an acre in size, and we have lined the outer edges of the lot with trees.  The front along the road has maple trees of different colours in the fall.  When we planted them about 20 years ago they were saplings taken from the woods.   

Fall 2008 ~ the smaller tree on the left has been removed since.
We have tons of leaves to mulch every fall.

The rest of our property is lined with pine, fir, spruce, hemlock and cedar trees some of which have overgrown and, as in this photo above, become unsightly and had to be removed.  That's a work in progress - removing a few more dying trees - and a big job.  The four-legged critter is our dog, Marshall. That's my hubby in his safety gear on the right.

A few years ago we built a 16' x 6' deck along the front of our home.  I love this spot to sit and watch the world go by.  We often have breakfast here in the summer.  I enjoy decorating it for the seasons as well.

The long wicker planter in the upper left of the chair came from my mother-in-law's house.  I spray painted it Heirloom White and placed three pots of New Guinea Impatiens, blue Lobelia and vinca vine in it.  The other flowers are impatiens.  The chairs are Merrimac-style, much more comfortable than Adriondacks, and were made locally.  The table is from Canadian Tire and I painted it too!

Hydrangeas drying in a sap bucket and a beautiful pumpkin.

The hydrangeas come from our bush which is so loaded with blooms this year!

A sweet angel guarding the bouquet.

A beautiful fall mum in my old bicycle basket ~ spray painted Heirloom White of course!

The ice cream parlour chair is one of 3 that came from a tea shop that my aunt had in the 1930's.  Wouldn't I love to be able to visit that place for tea!  I bought the sign at Home Sense a while back and this pumpkin is from Michael's.

That is a visit to our front porch/deck/veranda without a roof!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Pam

I need help!  I have posted this mosaic at the bottom here and it's just not right.  I uploaded it from picassa and can't seem to get it the proper size for the page.  If anyone can help me with mosaics I'd really appreciate it.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

aroundtheyard

The sun is shining so I thought I'd take a walk around the yard and see how my plants are doing these days.

Rudbekia and the old fencing.

Coral impatiens in some wooden planters.

This is a rusty iron kettle my daughter bought me at a yard sale.  I love it's patina.

Marigolds in the onions in my neighbour's garden.

Pretty poppies among the vegetables.

Zuccini anyone?

Blue veined petunia against old driftwood.

Purple veined petunias and creeping jenny.

Sedum "Autumn Joy"


Our side yard and neighbour's shed.

Looking into a corner of our yard behind the garage.

The other side of our house and back corner perennial bed.
As you can see there isn't much colour there now.

Well, that was a little tour of our yard and some of my flowers.  I have 5 hanging baskets, three are New Guinea Impatiens and two are geranium mix, and they are all still blooming beautifully.  I expect, when we start getting some frosty nights that I'll be putting them in the garage to protect them.  Such a nuisance but I try to keep them going until our Thanksgiving in October. The other container plants are hanging in there but not as pretty and full as they were.   I have decorated my front deck for fall and will show you that tomorrow.

How are things in your garden these days? 

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela
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